The City of Oakland's Cultural Affairs Division, the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), and the Akonadi Foundation have announced the launch of Belonging In Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund, a new multiyear program aimed at funding cultural practitioners of color in Oakland prepared to radically imagine a racially just city.
The product of a unique public-private partnership that brings together the cultural equity vision of Oakland's Cultural Affairs Division, the racial justice mission of the Akonadi Foundation, and the power building commitment of EBCF, the program aims to center the cultural life of communities of color as integral to Oakland's legacy of activism and is made possible by a grant from the Surdna Foundation’s Radical Imagination for Racial Justice Initiative, with additional funding from the Akonadi Foundation.
With the goal of amplifying the voices and imagination of those most impacted by structural racism and inequality, the fund will award approximately up to twelve grants of $25,000 to Black, Indigenous, and people of color cultural practitioners who envision a society liberated from racial oppression and from the civic practices and policies that uphold it.
Grant applications must be submitted by Monday, July 13. Grant awards will be announced by mid-August. Additional rounds of funding will be available in 2021 and 2022.
For additional information or to apply, visit the East Bay Community Foundation website.